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A Summer clear out

Following December’s end-of-year clearout of junk, unwanted items and other detritus, @TheFrankFlyer and I spent yesterday afternoon clearing out our wardrobe space.

Again? Didn’t we do that last time?

Well, we change the wardrobe a couple of times a year, moving clothes in and out of storage to suit the season. There’s no point in having access to your shorts in London after September, right? So we store the clothes for other seasons in vacuum bags until they’re needed. Yesterday was about unpacking the Spring/Summer stuff (yes, including shorts) and donating to charity any clothing that no longer fits or will definitely no longer be used.

We’re going to Bangkok and Singapore next month, so shorts and polo shirts will definitely be needed. But if I’m honest, it was just nice seeing summer clothes again, instead of bulky sweaters.

We filled two large black bags with clothes and shoes for the Red Cross (the vast majority of it mine), but also decluttered the walk-in to such an extent that it’s now a pleasure to look inside. Okay, well maybe not a pleasure, but I can definitely find everything I’m looking for.

Any clothes that were unpacked for winter but never worn got an extra review. Some things haven’t been worn for a number of years, but were obviously kept for sentimental value. There’s just not enough space in a London apartment for sentimental attachment to sweaters! A number of things did not ‘spark joy’ once I tried them on and I was heard to mutter more than once “What was I thinking when I bought this?”.

We both used to have the unhelpful habit of buying sale items without trying them on, especially when shopping abroad, for some reason. I’m happy to report it’s been a long time since I’ve done that and the number of pairs of trousers I own has been halved. Literally halved!

A further chapter in my ‘Year of Less‘ and it felt great. While it wasn’t tremendous fun for a Sunday afternoon, it was definitely useful and left me feeling I’d done something helpful and productive.

(Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash)

3 comments on “A Summer clear out

  1. stevemorton

    I’ve sorted through my clothes this last month, it’s quite rewarding. I even folded all my socks KonMari style… to discover I had over 40 pairs…. who needs that many!! So I have slimmed down that mountain a bit!

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